Described as “a web-based fact-checking platform that identifies false or misleading stories, rumors, and conspiracies by using its Trendolizer technology to identify trending content that is then fact-checked by their team of journalists.” The platform, founded in 2015, serves as one of Facebook’s partners for fact-checking content shared by users and is, of course, partially funded by Facebook as well as Google and TikTok parent company ByteDance that gave a board seat to a CCP member. According to The National Pulse, 50 percent of Lead Stories’ staff have been affiliated with CNN, totaling more than 100 years of experience with Cable News Network and many, including the top brass, are Democratic Party donors and former CNN employees.
According to their about page “Lead Stories is mainly written by Maarten Schenk and Alan Duke. Maarten is based in Europe (Belgium) while Alan is in the United States of America (California). Administrative and legal affairs are handled by Perry R. Sanders of Sanders Law Firm in Colorado Springs.” The founder of Sanders Law Firm, Perry R. Sanders Jr., is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Lead Stories LLC, and it appears Sanders’ son, Perry R. Sanders III, is the Social Media Manager for Lead Stories LLC.
What separates them is the use of a specific engine called the Trendolizer, which tracks story trends that allows Lead Stories to quickly debunk “fake news” (ie: truth and non-propaganda) before it becomes viral. Lead Stories does not use loaded language and factually sources all fact checks with credible information. All fact checks reviewed were accurate.
The National Pulse discovered Lead Stories’ strong left-wing bias after the group marked as “partly false” an article examining Black Lives Matter’s ties to the Democratic Party, despite BLM’s assertion of political neutrality. The article noted that the Black Lives Matter website partners with the Democrat fundraising platform ActBlue, which also serves as a top donor to Joe Biden. Lead Stories claims in its “Hoax Alert” section that The National Pulse’s reporting falls short of the truth because ACtBlue is merely a “payment processor” and is thus not affiliated with Joe Biden for President.
But as the article points out, ActBlue exclusively works with Democrats; Black Lives Matter’s use of the platform, rather than a more neutral option such as GoFundMe, shows a clear partisan alignment. The National Pulse contacted Lead Stories’ editor-in-chief Alan Duke, who told the outlet he could not discuss the issue of the fact-check over the phone, saying only that appeals must be made by e-mail (but without providing an e-mail address). Now whenever someone shares that story on Facebook, they see a message that reads “Independent fact-checkers at Lead Stories say information in your post is partly false. To stop the spread of false news, we’ve added a notice to your post.”
The message then goes on to say, “All fact-checkers who partner with Facebook must be signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network and follow their Code of Principles.” A look at IFCN’s Code of Principles reveals that in the very first principle, fact-checkers are required to make “a commitment to non-partisanship and fairness.” Despite that commitment, the makeup of Lead Stories’ staff is the very essence of “partisanship.”
As The National Pulse notes:
While many on the left and the establishment right insist “big tech bias” is non-existent, the background of and individuals involved with Lead Stories suggests otherwise.
Lead Stories Chairman and founder Perry Sanders is a devout Democrat, donating over $10,000 to political campaigns — every penny going to Democratic candidates.
Sanders donated $3,700 to Hilary Clinton‘s presidential campaign and gave $4,000 to Obama’s 2008 presidential effort.
The left-wing connections go beyond Sanders, who is also known as Michael Jackson’s family lawyer.
Victoria Eavis, a writer for the site, has also donated via ActBlue, writer Alexis Tereszcuk donated twice to the Clinton campaign in 2016 totaling $500, $25 via ActBlue, and $250 to failed Democratic congressional candidate Nick Leibham. Writer Gita Smith appears to have donated 99 times amounting to $1,839.82 to Democratic campaigns.… Smith also donated to Swing Left, a hard-left political group formed in reaction to the election of President Trump intent on “defeating Trump.” Notably, no donations from Lead Stories staff were made to Republicans.
Yep. That’s the kind of decision-making we want in the Oval Office. https://t.co/QmjO1JKHuf
— Eric Ferkenhoff (@EricFerk) February 11, 2016
Editor-in-chief Alan Duke worked as a CNN reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, Senior Editor Monte Plott was also a former news editor for CNN digital news for more than a decade, and six other writers and fact-checkers have also worked for the left-leaning cable news outlet. The National Pulse reached out to Facebook about the clear bias of its fact-checking partner. The social-media giant responded that their fact-checkers are certified by IFCN. The Poynter Institute, which runs IFCN, is funded by various progressive entities, such as George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Duke would also blatantly lie to cover up for the UN hiring of disarmament officers in NY. National File was the first news organization to break news about a job listing for a Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Officer posted by the United Nations’ New York office. Lead Stories published an article by Alan Duke which claimed National File’s reporting, again, was “Fake News” claiming, with no proof, that the job listing was “NOT FOR USA” in garish red font and Lead Stories watermarks stamped over a screenshot of the original National File article.
At this point, earnest truth-seekers are almost better off reading stories the establishment fact-checkers have labeled “false” than those marked “true.”